Ipswich win keeps Burnley in third place
Burnley have come just where we started the week in the Professional Development League, in third place behind leaders Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.
Forest were without a game and that’s allowed us to move within two points of them and, for a short time on Monday, we’d gone second but that was before Leeds hammered a Watford team who hadn’t previously dropped a point.
Along with Leeds, and Coventry in the south, we remain unbeaten, but both Barnsley and Hull are within one point of us and have a game in hand. Both play on Friday so good results for them would see us going into next Monday’s game against leaders Forest in fifth place.
In the final week of the north v south games , it was very much the north who came out on top with six wins and three defeats. Besides us and Leeds there were also wins for Barnsley, Hull, Sheffield United and Wigan with Birmingham, Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday suffering defeats.
Bolton, like their first team, did scored their first goal of the season but it was no more than a consolation in a 5-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace. Jamie Thomas was in the Bolton team. He left them to join us three years ago but has been out of the game for the last year and only recently returned to his first club.
They’ve only played twice and are looking for their first points of the season. They are already five points behind the next two which is close when you compare that to their first team’s deficit in League One. Ipswich, last season’s south group champions, remain pointless from five games although are only one point behind Colchester in the south group which is currently led by Coventry.
Coventry have only dropped points once this season and that was in a 1-1 draw at Burnley. Although we equalised late in the day, it was a game we should have won convincingly and you can only imagine that Coventry, who won at Birmingham last Friday, have generally played better than they did that day.
This week’s games kick off on Friday with two in the north group and one south group game. There are a further seven games next Monday including our home game against Nottingham Forest which is currently scheduled to be played at the Turf.
The player featured this week is midfielder Adam Phillips who has been a regular in the midfield since signing in the summer.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading scorers, our scorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 13th September
Barnsley 3 Colchester 1
Birmingham 0 Coventry 1
Monday 16th September
Bolton 1 Crystal Palace 5
Burnley 3 Ipswich 1
Hull 2 QPR 1
Leeds 6 Watford 0
Sheffield United 2 Bristol City 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Cardiff 3
Wigan 2 Charlton 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 20th September
Barnsley v Wigan
Hull v Leeds
Watford v Bristol City
Monday 23rd September
Birmingham v Sheffield United
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Crewe v Sheffield Wednesday
Colchester v Millwall
Coventry v Cardiff
Ipswich v Charlton
QPR v Crystal Palace
6: Ali Koiki (Burnley)
5: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
4: George Alexander (Millwall), Max Biamou (Coventry)
6: Ali Koiki
1: Tunde Bayode, Mitch George, Lewis Richardson, Bobby Thomas
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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